By Najib Sani
Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to Borno state has begun their three weeks orientation course in Bauchi state.
The NYSC members comprising 770 males and 617 female graduates of various universities and Polytechnics were sworn in on Monday at their Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College camp in Bauchi.
In his opening remarks, Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, commended the corps members for their patriotic response to serve the nation and their commitment to adapt to a new environment.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, assured the corps members that despite the security challenges being faced in the North-east, “Bauchi remains peaceful.” He expressed the hope that they would enjoy the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state.
“There is no doubt we have security challenges in all parts of the country today, but I wish to assure you that Bauchi state is peaceful and your security is guaranteed throughout the period of the orientation.
“All necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that you have a peaceful and a hitch-free orientation course,” he said.
Shettima urged the corps members to use the opportunity provided by the NYSC scheme to prepare mentally, physically and otherwise for the challenges ahead.
The governor also commended the Borno state NYSC for its prompt mobilisation of its staff to prepare for the corps members to feel comfortable at the camp in Bauchi state before their deployment to various places where they would serve.
In his welcome address, the Borno state NYSC coordinator, Alhaji Lawal Turawa, congratulated the corps members for the successful completion of their academic programmes which qualified them to be mobilised for the scheme.
On his part, the chairman of Borno state NYSC governing board, Alhaji Alkali Bulama, informed the corps members that their induction into the NYSC scheme is to prepare them to champion the cause of national development.
“By attaining to this goal, you have no doubt written your names on the sands of time. I, therefore, congratulate you for this wonderful achievement.
“I am also happy at your sense of patriotism and enthusiasm as demonstrated by your prompt reporting to this Orientation Camp. The zeal with which you are trying to settle down and cope with the activities of the camp is highly commendable,” he said.